Thursday, December 6, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 26, Raiders 13
By Bill Williamson
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A look at the Broncos' 26-13 win Thursday night:
What it means: Denver avoided losing a trap game and improved to 10-3. It now is a half-game up on New England and Baltimore, which both are 9-3, in the chase for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. Denver has won eight games in a row, which is currently the longest streak in the NFL. Oakland fell to 3-10 and has lost six straight games. The Raiders are currently on pace for the No. 3 pick in the draft.
Can’t win for Allen: Oakland coach Dennis Allen left the team Sunday night to be with his father, Grady Allen, who died Tuesday morning at the age of 66. Dennis Allen returned to the team Wednesday. The Raiders wanted to win for their coach but couldn’t.
Broncos’ offense far from perfect: Denver controlled this game, but it could have been better. The Broncos had to settle for field goals four times. Kicker Matt Prater was perfect after missing four field goals in his previous three games. But getting into the end zone will be a point of emphasis in practice next week.
McFadden comes back: Oakland running back Darren McFadden had 52 yards on 11 carries, including a 36-yard run. He had missed four games with an ankle sprain and looked like he was banged up near the end of the game.
Palmer struggles: Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer threw a red zone interception and lost a fumble near his goal line. You have to wonder whether the Raiders will take a look at Terrelle Pryor in one of the final three games. If Pryor doesn’t play, that means this staff doesn’t think he is ready at all.
Decker, Moreno have good games: Denver receiver Eric Decker had eight catches for 88 yards. That is important, because he wasn’t a big part of the offense in the previous three weeks. Knowshon Moreno had 119 yards on 32 carries and four catches for 48 yards. He wasn’t dynamic, but he made some tough yards. He is helping with Willis McGahee out.
What’s next: Denver plays a big AFC game at Baltimore in Week 15. Oakland closes out its home season against Kansas City. The Raiders are 2-5 at home.